Bocci Design – Canadian Lightning Magic

In pre-industrialized western societies the average individual owned less that 100 objects throughout their lifetime. A lifetime with only 100 discreet objects is a life in which each object is likely practical, beautiful, particular, inherited, and well made. These objects are undoubtedly precious to their owners; each possessing a tremendous emotional depository of memories. Bocci is a contemporary design and manufacturing house based in Vancouver, Canada, with a satellite company based in Berlin, Germany.

Unlike typical corporate structures, Bocci operates unconventionally as a co-operative community of designers, architects, craftspeople, technicians, agents, governance bodies, testing facilities, raw materials suppliers and fine shops. Their aim is to build a healthy, flexible and stable network united under the goal of creating practical but striking consumer goods of the highest quality.

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The trend in contemporary manufacturing is to outsource production. In contrast, Bocci is committed to manufacturing at our Vancouver factory. They have a fully equipped glass blowing studio in the same building as our offices, warehouse and design studio, and off site locations for glass casting, ceramics and metal sand casting. Bocci designers, technicians and salespeople walk through the factory floor to get to their desks, and thus have an intimate and profound connection to our work. All these activities take place around a central courtyard with a very large tree, carved into the 5th floor of a renovated art deco former printing press building located close to Vancouver’s downtown, on the edge of the Pacific Ocean.

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As a company, Bocci are committed to participate in the speed of contemporary culture. They’ve structured themselves to hold strong inventories, and have invested in a network of warehouses worldwide, such that the things we make are available with astonishingly short lead times and in many cases shipped within 24 hours of an order.

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Even though Bocci pieces focus on the more emotional, irrational and romantic shades of the contemporary design spectrum, they are deeply committed to rigorous and intelligent execution. They are not afraid of technical complexity, and are constantly searching for technical innovation. When they came to the conclusion that commercially available lamps did not meet their rigorous quality standards, they developed and are now manufacturing their own proprietary Xenon and LED lamps, which have longer lamp lives and lower failure rates than any available alternative.

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Bocci thirst for innovation translates into everything they do, ranging from the process of making the sculptural chandelier shades, to the design of the components that hold them together, to the lamps that are used to light them, and to the packaging that contains them.

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In 2005, Omer Arbel became Bocci’s creative director. His conceptual approach, now fueled by an infrastructure for prototyping, fine craft, manufacturing and distribution, has given birth to a collection of conceptually driven lighting, furniture, electrical accessories and objects, which have since gained significant presence and impact within the design community.

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Bocci offers consultation, bespoke design, prototyping and production of the custom works. They believe that specificity and particularity are important and as such feel comfortable at all scales of production ranging from a single one-off to a specialized batch run.

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